Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) focuses on promoting Veteran health and well-being by decreasing the effects of chronic illness. This program is one way the VHA is making health care at each facility more Veteran-centered and includes these "9 Healthy Living Messages:"

Be Involved in Your Healthcare
Be Safe
Manage Stress
Eat Wisely
Strive for a Healthy Weight
Be Physically Active
Limit Alcohol
Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations
Be Tobacco Free

These are simple ways that support self-management. Approaches to improved prevention strategies and wellness are the basis for Primary Care Clinics and the eight Community Based Clinics (CBOCs) throughout Arkansas. It supports Veterans in taking care of their health by finding out what is most important to the individual.

CAVHCS has tools to help the Veterans set a S.M.A.R.T goal for self-management to improve health and well-being

Our outreach program for Veterans around the state includes a CAVHS Community Resource guide with internal and external resources to help you stay well. Monthly messages are highlighted in the facilities, clinics and on our web site to help you be more involved in managing your health and well-being.

Ask your Healthcare Team about Patient Aligned Care Teams(PACT) and how YOU are the center of your healthcare provided at CAVHS. We are proud to serve our Veterans and want to provide you with tools to keep you well. You have served; now, please let us serve YOU by partnering for health!

A Better Way to Live graphic  Stop Smoking banner with link to Stop Smoking site


Eleonora B. Baltz, MA, BSN, RN, CCP, CHC
HPDP Program Manager
VISN 16 HPDP Program Lead

Sandra R. Brown, MNSC, WHNP-BC, RN
HPDP Program Manager

Joseph A. Banken, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Health Behavior Coordinator
Tobacco Use Cessation Lead Clinician

Marie Mesidor, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Health Behavior Coordinator
(501) 257-6386

Contact Info


  • Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center - Bldg 68, Room 138

Contact Number(s)

  • 501-257-2651

Hours of Operation

  • 8am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday